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President Urgo to Join Expert Panel in Discussion of American Pulitzer Winner Willa Cather

March 14, 2013
Press Release #13-042


St. Mary’s College of Maryland President Joseph Urgo will join Lora Black—a radio announcer and Cather enthusiast, and Martha Despain—a board member of the Cather Foundation, for a panel discussion on American Pulitzer winner Willa Cather (1873-1947). The talk, sponsored by the American Women Writers National Museum, will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, from 12-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club. It will be moderated by Leslie Levy, executive director of the Willa Cather Foundation. 

“I am excited to take part in a conversation highlighting one of the finest writers in American literature,” said Urgo. “I am grateful to the American Women Writers National Museum for the opportunity to discuss Cather’s work and its contribution to American culture.”

Urgo is the author of "Willa Cather and the Myth of American Migration" and has edited a teaching edition of Cather's novel, "My Antonia," and a collection of scholarly essays, “Willa Cather and the American Southwest.” He has also published several articles including: “The Cather Thesis: The American Empire of Migration,” “Willa Cather’s Political Apprenticeship at McClure’s Magazine,” “Willa Cather’s Dock Burs: Reading Cather through Sapphira and the Slave Girl,” as well as an essay review, “The Iconic Willa Cather.” Urgo’s writings on Willa Cather can be viewed at

The National Press Club is located at 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.

Category: President